President Obama: Close Guantánamo Bay Now

President Obama: Close Guantánamo Bay Now

More than three months into President Obama's second term in office, 166 men are still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, the majority of them held for more than 11 years without any charge or fair trial. Currently, more than 100 of these men are engaged in a hunger strike. In an April 14 New York Times op ed, Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, one of 86 prisoners languishing at Guantánamo despite having been cleared for release, described the harrowing conditions: "One man here weighs just 77 pounds," he wrote. "Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago."

While President Obama has rightly argued that Congress is standing in the way of his fulfilling his promise to close the prison, human rights groups have pointed out the many meaningful actions he can take. The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling on the President to end his "self-imposed moratorium" on releasing Yemeni detainees (many of the hunger strikers are from Yemen), to resume prisoner transfers and to appoint a senior official to "shepherd the process of closure."

Sign our open letter and implore President Obama to take the steps outlined by the CCR and to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo Bay. To amplify your voice, call the White House at 202-456-1111.

Protesters calling for the closing of the U.S.detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in 2009.

Protesters calling for the closing of the U.S.detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, stand outside of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2009.  (Reuters/Larry Downing)

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Number Date Name Location
2183 1 year ago Robbie Sheehy Turlock, CA
2182 1 year ago Spencer Harper Atlanta, GA Don't just close the outrageous torture facilities, but vacate the entire imperialist base and restore Cuba's sovereign territory. Cuba has no bases on US soil.
2181 1 year ago Charlotte Trolinger Boulder, MT Guantanamo is the indicator of how unjust the US really is.
2180 1 year ago Ellen Wasfi Dover, DE
2179 1 year ago Anonymous
2178 1 year ago Safa Asif
2176 1 year ago Anonymous
2175 1 year ago Anonymous
2174 1 year ago Annamarie Al-Saadi TX Blessed are the peacekeepers
2173 1 year ago michelle holmes san diego , CA PLEASE, PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING.....I'm losing faith in u...It breaks my heart, the disappointment I've experienced because I BELIEVED in YOU....
2172 1 year ago Vic Burton Kansas City, MO
2171 1 year ago Lois Jordan Tucson, AZ
2170 1 year ago Jim Phillips Sonoma, CA Close Guantánamo. Send those that have been cleared to go home. Send the remaining prisoners to US and allow them to have their day in court.
2169 1 year ago Jelica Roland Buzet, ot
2168 1 year ago Chris magda lehigh, FL
2167 1 year ago Michael Sisler
2166 1 year ago Christopher Johnson Portland, OR
2165 1 year ago Elaine Fischer Roanoke, VA
2164 1 year ago Sam Burnett Memphis, TN
2163 1 year ago Alexis Montgomery San Diego, CA
2162 1 year ago Henry Weinberg Santa Barbara, CA
2161 1 year ago Rita Swan Lexington, KY Guantanamo is a terrible blot on American values. Force feeding the prisoners is unethical according to the AMA and amounts to torture by those experiencing it.
President Obama, give these pris...
2160 1 year ago David Dunn Olympia, WA
2159 1 year ago HARUKO TANAKA Dear President Obama,

I implore you to close Guantanamo immediately. You say you have done your part and you are waiting on Congress, but as you know, there are still steps that you can tak...
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